It was announced today that Paul Standbridge, one of the most experienced British offshore sailors, is to join GBR Challenge.
Standbridge will be assisting Ian Walker with the sailing team management, in addition to offering an extra coaching resource and years of competitive experience.
Standbridge's record includes 13 Fastnet races, five Whitbread Round The World Races - most recently as skipper of Toshiba in the 1997/98 race - and bowman of the last British America's Cup campaign in 1987. He joins the team this week, from his role as Skipper of Stealth, Giovanni Agnelli's 92 foot super maxi. He is now based in Auckland, along with Nicky and Max - his wife and young child.
GBR General Manager David Barnes commented: "As the organisation has evolved so to must the management resource. Paul was our number one target and we are very pleased that he has decided to join us. I think it says a lot about the increased profile of GBR Challenge that Paul has agreed to move his family to the other side of the world and become part of the team."
"Paul's immense experience will help in all areas of the project, but in particular he will assist Ian Walker in many of his day to day responsibilities, allowing Ian to spend more time on the water. "
Standbridge was clearly pleased to be involved: "I was very excited to be approached by GBR Challenge. Having sailed with the last British Challenge, I know what's involved and am looking forward to joining the team."
Date of Birth 4th February 1959
Place of Birth Poole
Marital Status Married to Nicky
Children Max - aged 2
Started sailing age - 4 yrs old
Professional since 20 (23 yrs)
Profession/Qualification: Engineer. RYA DOT Yachtmaster
1999 - 2001 Consultant to Giovanni Agnelli's Stealth programme,
victories in the America's Cup Jubilee UBS
Round The Island Race, line honours in the 2001 Fastnet and the
Trans-Mediterranean record from Marseille to Tunisia
1997-98 WRTWR - Toshiba - Skipper
1995 Admirals Cup - Jameson Whisky
1993-94 WRTWR - Intrum Justitia - Helmsman / Trimmer
1993 Jules Verne Record attempt on board ENZA
1991 Admirals Cup - Port Pendennis - with Lawrie Smith
1989-90 WRTWR - Rothmans - bowman & helmsman
1987 White Crusader - British America's Cup team - bowman
1987 Admirals Cup - Irish Independent Full Pelt with Jo Richards
1985-86 WRTWR - Atlantic Privateer - bowman
1981-82 WRTWR - Xargo III
Thirteen Fastnet Races, including line honours in the 2001 race
Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking.